Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce may be under contract for two more seasons after this one, but The Truth is beginning to discuss the possibility of an early retirement, according to the Boston Herald.
“Well, I figure this might be my last time anyway going to Jersey,” Pierce said of yesterday's win over the New Jersey Nets. “This could be my last year playing.”
Pierce laughed when he made the comment, as though he may have been kidding, but he did go on to explain his reasoning.
“You never know, man,” Pierce said. “I don’t know. I’ve got to preserve my body for the rest of my life ... I’ve thought about it. I don’t know. I’ve got to see how my summer goes with my kids.”
Pierce has approximately $32 million left on his contract after this season, most of it guaranteed, but he has insisted that he's not playing for the money.
It's worth noting that two of Pierce's longtime teammates, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, are expiring contracts this season. The Celtics may find themselves in rebuilding mode this summer.